BLACK IS ART
INSIDE ISSUE 02 1-6|brEATH
34-42|eSTHER + CLAY
7-12|NENNEH DIOP 13-18|KAPRI
43-48|LAVA BOY 49-60|cHRISTIE tOUSSAINT
29-32|wHO WANT SMOKE?
ABOUT Issue 02 celebrates black art,excellence, creativity, artists and more. Everyone featured is extremely talented at what they do. Excited for you to see their amazing work!
BREATH Photographer: Zahui Marc Desire Location: Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire 01
NENNEH DIOP Photographer: Nailah Anderson Location: Miami, FL
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KAPRI Photographer: Donllywood Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
THE SILENCE Model: Timoy Graham Photographer: Donllywood 19
Tell us About Yourself
I am Timoy Graham. Born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica and migrated to the United States at the age of 14. I am a two times Florida Atlantic University alumnus. I love ice cream. During my spare time, I listen to music and watch documentaries. I described myself as a beacon because I am a trailblazer that creates a positive experience to impact individuals. KREYE MAGAZINE
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I got into photography doing promotional visuals to help brand upcoming entrepreneurs [Justin Torres and Javier Lee]. It wasn’t until Spring of 2019, I collaborated with Donllywood on a vintage and modern contemporary concept.
What Got You into Taking Photos? Both concept became a buzz on Instagram especially with the standout pose “the kick”. Working with Donllywood brings out an essence. 23
"I love artistic visuals. I look up to Adrian McDonald [@lexonart]. He captivate an images that are dope." 24
DRE'S PLAYGROUND Photographer: Navila
Location: Broward County, FL
DRE KUHMILLIE, INC.
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What made Dre return to modeling? Who is Dre Kuhmillie?
Dre Kuhmillie is a fashion model, runway coach, creative director, and owner of Dre Kuhmillie, Inc.; he just does it all. Dre Kuhmillie began his modeling journey at the age of 8, originally being signed to Model Management Group in Miami. As a child model, Dre was not able to channel his full “potential” due to his timidness, self-scrutiny, and not having the room to be his most true self. He gave up modeling at the age of 10, not realizing that he may never get this privileged opportunity again. 27
To fast forward, Dre advised in his college years, he yearned for the opportunity to model again. At this time, he was a lot more self assured. Dre joined a modeling organization at Florida Atlantic University, where he was given freedom to challenge his creative limits. Being given this platform, Dre Kuhmillie realized his ability to teach and creatively direct other upcoming models. Today, Dre Kuhmillie is currently the owner of his very own talent seeking agency, Dre Kuhmillie Inc., uplifting rising talents in South Florida. In continuation, when was asked "Who is your biggest inspiration?" He advised Alton Mason is his biggest inspiration. To conclude, Dre Kuhmillie continues to make a statement with everything that he does, and we are so excited for what the future has in stores for the Fashion model star.
WHO WANT SMOKE? Photographer: Samuel Pierre Location: Miami, FL
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ESTHER + CLAY Designer: Wilmid Joseph
Tell us about yourself
"My name is Wilmid, I am 24 years of age, also from Naples, FL. I love Jesus. I am Haitian American and also the oldest of three. I am the wife of an amazing photographer, Justin and mother to a beautiful boy." Wilmid stated that she love to travel with her family, especially when it comes to road trips, and she loves Haitian food and also enjoys trying out different foods from different cultures.
What inspired you to design the earrings?
"I quit my 9-5 job because I hated it. I hated how I felt in that environment and I hated that I was missing so many milestones of my sons life. One day while scrolling on Instagram I saw earrings that I wanted. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to buy them at the time so I told myself I would just make myself some earrings. As soon as I made my first pair, I was in love; I always loved making jewelry as a kid, so when I started with the clay, I loved creating designs and cool shapes. I realized that I can make 36 this my job full time,
so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I did. Every earring is made with clay and is handcrafted with care.Â When I tried on the first pair of earrings I made, I loved the confidence I felt once putting it on. I wanted to be able to make other women feel like queens. I wanted them to feel more confident and beautiful than they already are. I pray that anyone who wears an Esther + Clay earring, that they feel like this! 37
Who is your biggest inspiration
I have two guys in my life who mean everything to me! They are my inspiration. I am building an empire with my husband and we are breaking generational curses for our son. They inspire my designs with the way they make me feel. They motivate me to push myself outside my comfort zone. Justin and Israel, I love yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;all.
Tell us some interesting about you?
I LOVE TO COOK I DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T EAT RED MEAT MY FAVORITE MOVIE IS COMING TO AMERICA AND MULAN I HAVE A PODCAST WITH MY HUSBAND CALLED "THE LOVE SUPPLY PODCAST" I CAN DRAW
LAVA BOY Photographer: Legacy B. Studio Model: Dominik J.W. Collins
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Legacy B. Studio The mastermind behind Legacy B. Studio is Benji C. Jean. He stated, "I started photography in the summer of 2018. I've always been intrigued by photography ever since high school and the art form is something I've always appreciated. I was always a spectator until about 2 years ago in the summer of 2018. I borrowed one of my friend's cameras and just started shooting some friends for fun. 45
It's something I always wanted to do so when I got the opportunity, I ran with it. They loved the photos and other people did as well. The feedback I got from those photos was more than I ever imagined. Being able to create something out of nothing and help others bring their visions come to life is something that I fell in love with.
Ever since then, I've been helping people build their legacy through photography. Hence, Legacy B. Studio wasÂ born! I also do videography and graphic design. Moreover, I started out learning Photoshop for flyers and covers for organizations and musicians. All that previous knowledge and experience comes in handy believe it or not.
KREYE MAGAZINE FEAT: CHRISTIE TOUSSAINT
Tell us about yourself
My name is Christie Toussaint. I’m a 22 year old self-taught visual artist living in South Florida. I was born in Miami and raised in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. I moved to the United States right around my teenage years. I am an alumnus from the University of South Florida where I studied Biomedical sciences and Art History throughout my undergraduate career. Currently, I am in the process of preparing for graduate school and learning my way through being a new Artrepreneur. 53
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What Inspired You to Get into Art? As a little girl, on the weekends, my mother would take my sister and I to visit the local Artisanal Market in Haiti and I would always be curious and fascinated by the techniques, colors, and skills it took for the artists to create such beautiful pieces of art that connected with the viewer in a way that goes beyond what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d see on the surface. I also remember when I was in preschool, my favorite time was when I was allowed to indulge in the arts and craft. So as I got older, this love never faded. I started drawing maybe since I could hold a pencil but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until my first year of college, as I was desperately searching for a creative outlet to alleviate my mental breakdowns that I started painting officially in 2016. KREYE MAGAZINE
Painting to me is like therapy. It keeps me sane. I believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a gift from God. I find myself in my own little world where the possibilities are endless. The canvas is where I let my creativity flow. Oftentimes, I would start with an idea then once I start applying it onto this blank surface, it becomes something else. I often think of life in that sense. You can never truly know for certain whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming next. Each brushstroke, each color no matter how dark, how light or how bright contributes in their own way to create a true work of art. 57
Who is your biggst inspiration
I have been inspired by a variety of people from family members, friends, artists, public figures, and myriads of others. But among all of them, I would say the journey of discovering who Christie is has been my biggest source of inspiration. The journey of exploring who I am as an individual can be uplifting yet painful and exhausting. It has not been easy and at times, it gets messy. Some of my earlier pieces of artwork have been created from a place of selfdoubt while simultaneously trying to find my voice. When I look back at my younger self, I’ve realized how far I’ve come in truly accepting who I am. It’s an ongoing learning process. So while cultivating the subtle art of being present, I am well aware that there’s a lot more pruning and growing that needs to be done in order to continually create a better version of myself. 59
Interesting Facts About You
I love watching documentaries My favorite subjects are History and Science I’m a huge fanatic of all things classic: classic movies, classical art, antique stores, and vintage fashion editorials I love to read in my pastime I recently started my personal blog about two months ago I did not know I was creative until I was 19 years old Sometimes when I feel stressed, I host a solo private dance party(not that I’m a dancer)I enjoy a great playlist and all genres of music as long as what I’m listening to aligns with my spirit and boosts my moodI love to laugh. Believe me, I even laugh at myself sometimes. I’m a curious child. Lately, I noticed that I’ve been told I often ask a lot of questions I’m a Five on the EnneagramI’m always up for an epic adventure KREYE MAGAZINE
FREEDOM PHOTOGRAPHER: JUSTIN TORRES
R A C H E L L E
Tell me about yourself
My name is Justin Torres but the name I create under is Justin Romelo, which is my first and middle name. So Romelo Vision is who I am plus what I have.. vision. I'm originally from Newport News, Virginia but I've lived in Florida for half of my life. My wife and son motivate me to be the best at whateverÂ I do but God is the source that I draw all of my energy from. KREYE MAGAZINE
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What Got You into Photography?
My two older brothers were always amazing artists, but I could never paint or draw as well as them. During my senior year of college I bought my first camera in order to make YouTubeÂ videos. When I realized the qualityÂ of photos I could take my focus changed and that was the start of me falling in love with photography. I have the same level of artistic talent as my two older brothers, I just had to find my medium.
Who is Your Biggest Inspiration
My inspiration usually comes from my other love which is fashion. I could see a cool outfit and it will give me the idea for an entire photoshoot. Colors and texture are the things that really speak to me. 67
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InterestingÂ Facts About You I worked at a photography studio for a year that specialized in yearbook photos, senior portraits, high school sports, and pretty much anything school related.
I am going to teach a photography class at Howard University in the near future. I plan to be a figure in the art community, not just photography, that does a lot to bring more respect to the field as well as show kids how they can make a career doing something creative.
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Tell us about yourself
I am a HaitianAmerican visual artist striving to give strength, unity and love to my diverse audience through my life experiences fashioned by the beauty of my culture.
Haitian Artist: Nat Merine
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What Inspires You to get into Art?
As a youth, I used art as an expression of my emotions and as an escape from stress and reality. Since then, it has always been my safe haven and happy place. KREYE MAGAZINE
Who is Your Biggest Inspiration
God is always my biggest inspiration as the ultimate creator and gifter of this talent. I seek him for revelation and guidance for all my work of art.
Tell us some interesting facts about you
I play the clarinet, enjoy writing poetry, and love everything food. I also used to perform Konpa when I was in college and enjoy the pleasures of watching anime in my spare time.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Bianca Novalien and I'm the creator of Nirvana Sade Boutique which is a shoe and accessories company located in Miami, Florida. We are online-based. I am currently a college student studying at Florida International University as a Public Relations major and I started this business because I was in a Social Media StrategyÂ class with an amazing professor and she pushed me to use my creative mind and turn my creativityÂ into reality. 81
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What made you decide to open the Boutique
With the wise words of my professor in mind, I decided to create my line with high-end items for a reasonableÂ price, because I love high profile boutiques and stores. Although, everyone doesn't have the means to afford shoes from these brands. I decided to create a boutique that serves great quality shoes and accessories so the averageÂ woman can serve looks like Cardi B, Zendaya, or anyone you can imagine without breaking the bank. When it comes to the origin of the name of my brand I chose Nirvana Sade because that's my alter ego when I feel like a "baddie" I transform into Nirvana Sade and I want all my clients to have the Nirvana Sade experience. 83
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CREDITS FEATURING: Nailah Anderson instagram: @Marzdouble
dominik j. w. collins
Legacy B. studio instagram: @legacyb.studio
Esther + Clay instagram: @estherandclay
Zahui Marc Desire instagram: @deezy_pics
justin torres instagram: @romelovision
Emza instagram: @emza.official
Shemar Bazile instagram: @_kapri4
Agnon roland elisee instagram: @roland.elisee
Nathaly merine instagram: @merineart
Nenneh diop instagram: @nennehhh
Nirvana sade instagram: @nirvana.sade
Shawn Walker instagram: @pesobrother Christie toussaint instagram: @artctoussaint dre kuhmillie instagram: @dreworlddd
timoy graham instagram: @_graham_crackers
THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE, FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS SUPPORT
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